Cumby, C-P coaches pleased with scrimmage results

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Aug. 20, 2007 - CUMBY - With the Eagles and the Trojans working out for over two hours on Saturday, Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne and Como-Pickton coach Paul Tullis were impressed with what they saw from their teams during their first scrimmage action of the year.

"It went pretty good. We got some good practice and got out of it without anyone getting seriously injured," Hawthorne said. "We definitely don't want to lose a kid during a practice, so that was a plus. We got to see where we need to improve during the week coming up and I thought it went pretty good."

For Tullis, the Eagles came out strong and stayed enthusiastic throughout the entire two-and-a-half hour scrimmage.

"I was real impressed with the kids during the scrimmage. They came out and did what we wanted them to do," the coach said. "We came out with our ball-control offense and the first time we had the ball we went down the field for 11 plays and scored. The second groups got in and did a good job and went down the field and scored."

During the scrimmage, Hawthorne said the Trojans scripted their entire workout session and scored four touchdowns with the first team offense, led by sophomore quarterback Brixx Hawthorne.

"We had a 70-yard touchdown pass on the third play. Then we turned around and drove the ball down the field and scored again on a good drive," he said. "After that, we came in and went 10 more plays with our offense and on the second to last play, Brixx went off on a 70-yard option run and scored."

He said the defense gave up two scores during the workout session.

"Our defense did not step up and play the first series very good and they were getting yards on us and they scored," Hawthorne said. "After that our defense woke up and shut them down.

"Then on their next to last play, they threw about a 50-60 yard touchdown pass to get out of bounds and then punched it in and it was over with. It was a good positive scrimmage, and I feel pretty good about where we are at right now."

With the defense giving up the four scores, Tullis said this week will focus on defensive work as the Eagles get ready for Thursday's scrimmage at home.

"Defensively, they hurt us on a few things with motion and different things. We were not expecting to see those things during the scrimmage and it was good for their offense," Tullis said.

"We are going to emphasis the defense more this week and I think it showed in the scrimmage. I am not disappointed in the defense but we know what we need to work on. We are going to do one practice every day this week to get ready for the scrimmage and they are going to be hard practices every day."

Notes: The Trojans were scheduled to have two practices today and then one practice every day for the remainder of the week until their final scrimmage this week at Era. ... For the Eagles, Tullis said their scrimmage at Ron Heflin Field is now a three-team affair against Big Sandy and Sabine. The junior varsities will start the scrimmage at 6 p.m.

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